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What Do We Need To Become?

How To Survive A Plague is a powerful story about justice, collective anger, life and death in the midst of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980‘s. It’s a story that remembers how the ACT UP community in New York City came together to research and protest in order for AIDS-infected people to be seen as … Continue reading

Forget or Embed

After re-watching Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind last night (which, may I suggest, you do the same – it’s a Netflix instant stream and an emerging classic), I was reminded of the powerful appeal to forget. The name of the movie is based on a poem called Eloisa to Abelard. The lines go: How happy is … Continue reading

How Do You See the World?

American Beauty, The Wrestler, 127 Hours, Black Swan, Slumdog Millionaire, Precious, and The King’s Speech. Over the last several years, these are some of the films that have either premiered or won awards at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). These are also some of my favorite films; ones that have changed the way I see, … Continue reading

The Sacred Science of Well-Being

How far are you willing to go in order to be healed? Not just what medical measures are you willing to take, but actually how many miles would you travel for the chance to be made whole? For eight people, the answer is the Amazon jungle. Yes, that’s right, Sacred Science is a documentary about eight terminally … Continue reading

How I see it.

Meryl Streep is undeniably amazing.  She holds the record for the most Academy Award nominations (17) and the most Golden Globe wins (8).  She went to Yale.  She’s (still) married and has four kids.  She has the unique and uncanny ability to become any character: a Nazi death camp inmate, a nun, a divorced wife, … Continue reading

Experience Not Freedom

From 10Am to 11PM on Saturday a group of friends and I watched all three Lord of the Rings movies (the extended versions).  We ate all the hobbit meals: second breakfast, elevensies, afternoon tea, supper, etc.  It was one of those days you always talk about doing, but never actually do it.  Well, we did, … Continue reading

Into the Dark

Along with writing on this blog, I also write for the website rednow.com (that’s wonder spelled backwards…get it? Cool, right?).  You can read more about the site by clicking here.  We are in the process of re-branding, improving, and re-launching the platform from which we hope to point people (like YOU!) towards experiences of wonder; … Continue reading

“Oh wow.”

You may have already read his sister’s eulogy that was released this weekend.  In it we learn that with family surrounding him Steve Jobs’ last words were, “Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow.” Gosh!  I wish I could have been there to hear the tone and pitch and meaning and weight of those words.  Were … Continue reading

Take Shelter

Take Shelter is not what you think it’s about. This is a story about faith and trust. What are you going to do with what you see?  How far are you willing to go with and for the people you love?  How do you know what to believe and how do you evaluate what’s too much … Continue reading

And Then What?

I love real movies. What I mean are movies that explore a core aspect of life by telling a story with minimal glitz or glam.  Movies that are hyper-focused, some may say slow-moving or even common.  Movies that capture nuance to uncover the quiet pain and beautiful strength of what it means to be human. … Continue reading

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